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Welcome to the DCDQ website

The Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire (DCDQ) is a brief parent questionnaire designed to screen for coordination disorders in children, aged 5 to 15 years.

It was originally developed in the late 90's at the Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Canada. Through further study with a population-based sample, a revision was developed, – sometimes referred to as the DCDQ'07 or as the DCD-Q.

Download the DCDQ with a brief Administration and Scoring guide.

Review of the full Administration Manual with evidence of psychometric properties is recommended.  pdfDownload Administration Manual

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A little bit about the DCDQ

The DCDQ is intended for use with 5 - 15 year old children. The questionnaire was studied with the parents of 287 children who were typically developing. Logistic regression modelling was used to generate separate cut-off scores for three age groups (overall sensitivity = 85%; overall specificity = 71%).

The DCDQ was then compared to other standardized measures in a sample of 232 clinically-referred children. Differences in scores on the DCDQ between children with and without coordination problems provide evidence of construct validity. Concurrent validity was evident with the MABC and with the VMI.

The DCDQ can be considered a valid clinical screening tool for children who have coordination challenges.

The Little Developmental Coordination Questionnaire is a parent report measure that screens for motor coordination difficulties in 3- and 4- year old children.

It consists of 15 items, which group into two distinct factors:

  1. Gross motor skills
  2. Fine motor skills

The Little DCDQ measures functional skills in several contextual areas across home and preschool environments and during play activities.

Pricing and Ordering

The DCDQ and some translations have been available free-of-charge. Due to the costs of maintaining this website and in order to support further validation of all versions of the DCDQ, we are charging a nominal fee for purchase of the Little DCDQ-CA:

  • $50 CAD for the Little DCDQ
  • all other versions of the DCDQ remain free-of-charge

Copyright, Reproduction and Distribution

All questionnaires, manuals and reports are available for use with the following restrictions:

  • All content should be produced in its entirety, without modification or exclusions
  • Reproductions must include all references to authors, copyright information and this website address
  • There must be no charge for provision of these materials

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research in the development of the DCDQ and the Little DCDQ, and of the first web site.